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Vehicle Accident Deaths Cost States Billions

CDC Says Costs for Medical Care and Work Loss Were Highest in California, Texas, and Florida

Safety Recommendations for States continued...

“These preventable costs are a reflection of the terrible suffering of American families whose loved ones are killed or injured on the roads,” Norman Mineta, chairman of Make Roads Safe North America, says in the news release.

Mineta, a former secretary of transportation, says the worldwide driver-safety effort demonstrates that “it is time for all of us to take action to save lives at home and around the globe.”

The CDC says nine of the 10 states with the highest costs are the most populous in the nation, with 53% of the population. Tennessee is the only sate with the top 10 highest costs that doesn’t have one of the largest populations.

State-by-State Costs

Here is a list of the states and their total costs for crash deaths:

  • Alabama $1.07 billion
  • Alaska $74 million
  • Arizona $1.1 billion
  • Arkansas $618 million
  • California $4.16 billion
  • Colorado $623 million
  • Connecticut $263 million
  • Delaware $107 million
  • Florida $3.16 billion
  • Georgia $1.55 billion
  • Hawaii $124 million
  • Idaho $253 million
  • Illinois $1.32 billion
  • Indiana $883 million
  • Iowa $388 million
  • Kansas $433 million
  • Kentucky $871 million
  • Louisiana $969 million
  • Maine $159 million
  • Maryland $576 million
  • Massachusetts $394 million
  • Michigan $1.04 billion
  • Minnesota $527 million
  • Mississippi $881 million
  • Missouri $1.07 billion
  • Montana $205 million
  • Nebraska $245 million
  • Nevada $387 million
  • New Hampshire $143 million
  • New Jersey $651 million
  • New Mexico $435 million
  • New York $1.33 billion
  • North Carolina $1.5 billion
  • North Dakota $111 million
  • Ohio $1.23 billion
  • Oklahoma $700 million
  • Oregon $422 million
  • Pennsylvania $1.52 billion
  • Rhode Island $79 million
  • South Carolina $1.01 billion
  • South Dakota $156 million
  • Tennessee $1.15 billion
  • Texas $3.5 billion
  • Utah $281 million
  • Vermont $73 million
  • Virginia $863 million
  • Washington $665 million
  • West Virginia $342 million
  • Wisconsin $751 million
  • Wyoming $137 million

State List of Motor Vehicle Deaths

Here is a list of the states and their motor vehicle deaths for 2005:

  • Alabama 1,186
  • Alaska 79
  • Arizona 1,194
  • Arkansas 689
  • California 4,478
  • Colorado 659
  • Connecticut 295
  • Delaware 122
  • Florida 3,551
  • Georgia 1,694
  • Hawaii 139
  • Idaho 271
  • Illinois 1,475
  • Indiana 976
  • Iowa 457
  • Kansas 479
  • Kentucky 969
  • Louisiana 1,021
  • Maine 185
  • Maryland 635
  • Massachusetts 465
  • Michigan 1,213
  • Minnesota 601
  • Mississippi 945
  • Missouri 1,186
  • Montana 233
  • Nebraska 281
  • Nevada 450
  • New Hampshire 158
  • New Jersey 785
  • New Mexico 464
  • New York 1,576
  • North Carolina 1,658
  • North Dakota 127
  • Ohio 1,394
  • Oklahoma 816
  • Oregon 512
  • Pennsylvania 1,760
  • Rhode Island 88
  • South Carolina 1,070
  • South Dakota 171
  • Tennessee 1,289
  • Texas 3,740
  • Utah 313
  • Vermont 76
  • Virginia 968
  • Washington 760
  • West Virginia 383
  • Wisconsin 830
  • Wyoming 147

These are the 10 states with the highest motor vehicle deaths per 100,000 people in 2005:

  1. Mississippi 32.58
  2. Wyoming 29.04
  3. Alabama 26.09
  4. South Carolina 25.14
  5. Montana 24.93
  6. Arkansas 24.82
  7. New Mexico 24.21
  8. Kentucky 23.17
  9. Oklahoma 23.10
  10. Louisiana 22.7
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